World Literature and Composition

"For Mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness." ~ Thomas Bulfinch


World literature is a survey of important stories and myths from ancient times through the middle ages. This course will approach literature from the context of myth while incorporating discussion of the historical and cultural perspectives of the geographic area and historical periods in which the literature was written.

The legacy of mythology in modern literature and popular culture is one of the most important reasons to have a good foundation in mythology. By reading, studying, and discussing these stories, students will more readily recognize and comprehend mythological allusions in literature, history, movies, and pop culture. This foundation will enrich reading comprehension, and deepen the student`s enjoyment of reading and learning.


Students will enjoy an interactive class through reader`s theatre plays, oral presentations, and group projects.

Selected works may include: Oedipus Rex, The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Aeneid, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Norse mythology, Legends of King Arthur, and The Ramayana.

Each week there is a specific grammar lesson and a SAT vocabulary emphasis. Students will learn to write responsively and critically to the texts and themes presented in class.


There are several opportunities for field trips including a Roman banquet, a Viking feast, and a time outside of class to watch the movie "O Brother Where Art Thou" after we have read The Odyssey.


Please read here the details for summer reading assignments.

10th - 12th (9th with permission from instructor)
2016/2017 school year - Eastside Academic classes - Mondays 10:45am
This is a core requirement - corresponds to DOE course number 23.x630

Required texts:
World Mythology by Donna Rosenberg, 2nd edition - ISBN-13: 978-0844257679
Summerland by Michael Chabon (we will not read this novel until Spring semester.  You may either purchase it or check it out of the library.)